29 October, 2020

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Corruption Has Become The Norm

By Vishwamithra1984

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.”  ~Benjamin Franklin

Many of our rural folks have been conditioned and brainwashed with a notion that poverty is caused mainly by exploitation of one class by the other. The influx of Socialist Marxist thinking, in addition to the sheer arrogance and insensitivity of the ruling class which was dominated and spearheaded by educated, English-speaking elites who were clustered around big cities in the country, advanced the acceleration process instead of reduction or elimination of the impoverishing progression of the masses. In addition, with Sri Lanka gaining independence from the British in the mid Twentieth Century– at the height of the Cold War- that Marxian-based propaganda had a penetrating effect on the unsophisticated intellect of the poor men and women who did not know any kind of socio-political governance except nearly five hundred years of foreign dominance and being subjugated to a feudal system and as serfs of an emerging mercantilism-enriched class in the Nineteenth Century.

Dr. Kumari Jayawardena

Dr. Kumari Jayawardena

Kumari Jayawardena in her book, ‘Nobodies to Somebodies’, most vividly spells out the chronology as well as the social structure that lent itself for the rise of a class of wealthy landowners and traders in Colombo and other big cities, mainly Jaffna, Galle and Kandy. She writes thus: “Members of another group of Sri Lankans, who were to form an important part of the emergent 19th century bourgeoisie, were landowners, whose holdings provided them with a means of accumulation and later, a basis for expanded growth in the plantation era. Just as the monopolistic policies of the Dutch and the British had located a stratum of officials in the cinnamon industry and endowed them with a basis for growth, their administrative policies also created a group of Sri Lankan officials, called Mudaliyars. Peebles (1973:1) has defined them as an economic and social status group “mediating between the alien rulers and the bulk of the indigenous population” performing functions that the foreign rulers were “unable or unwilling to do”.

Graduating from Mercantilism to Capitalism did not happen overnight. Nor did it occur without any socio-economic costs to the various stakeholders of an Island-nation. Emergence of a middleclass with a reasonable amount of spending power and access to factors of production saw to it that this developing socio-economic class developed their own ambitions and aspirations that went beyond just comfortable living and hobnobbing with powers that be. Although Kumari Jayawardena describes the mechanisms and means by which this emergent Mercantilist class accumulated wealth and proximity to the colonial officialdom at the time, she stays away from looking deeper into the mechanics which were employed by the British civil servants who held deciding powers to award contracts to the would-be-dealers of arrack renting business which, according Kumari, the main means by which this accumulation of enormous benefits of a rising specter of capitalism. Yet the total absence of trickling-down effect of such accumulation of wealth and business knowhow to the bottom dwellers of our society contributed to the widening of the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, the long-term effects of which would manifest themselves much later in Sri Lankan society.

This widening of the gulf between two economic classes was not only in one or two parts of the country, it was spread among all parts and corners of the land, from Dondra to Point Pedro and Colombo to Batticaloa. However, it was more pronounced in the rapidly developing urban areas where the limited availability of land met with the challenges of a migrating population to these urban centers. The vicarious result of this process of unchallenged and disorderly development was the degrading of the ‘have-nots’ into poverty levels from which those who fell into it could not come out.

When Sri Lanka obtained Independence, the macro picture as well as the micro dynamics changed. With the influx of locals into decision making positions and politicians becoming all- powerful, the left wing politicos, advancing the cause of themselves in the pretext of advancing the cause of the ‘have-nots’, presented a mirage of a utopian society as the economic ‘promised land’.

Localization of politics, even though it was a logical and historical necessity, was not the main cause of creation of poverty instead of wealth. Infestation of crude and unsophisticated methods employed by some semi or uneducated politicians who entered into politics saw their power as a means to fattening their own personal purses. Corruption, in the pretext of accelerating the process of getting things done, set in as a constant in the dynamics of social movement. There is no looking back from this all-powerful yet utterly degrading human folly.

In every human society, whether ancient, medieval or modern, corruption of the mind through material rewards has existed in varying degrees. But for those societies that embraced democracy with accountability and transparency of all transactions executed by government, this corruption-process was checked quite regularly and punishment dispensed to those who were found guilty of such corrupt practices. For those nations which became newly independent, this process posed a sever challenge. Good governance became a byword for acceleration of the process of getting things done at any and all costs.

The notion of getting things done at any and all costs had a latent factor- parting with a ‘santosam’ as a mark of gratitude for the favor. These ‘santosams’ may have been, more often than not, solid green cash and in some other cases representing foreign trips of pleasure and leisure in the world’s deluxe holiday resorts, houses and cars and even a good time with the fairer sex!

The worm of corruption began to find its way into the body politic of Sri Lanka as in all other developing countries. ‘Santosams’ in the shade of hundreds became thousands, then hundreds of thousands until they became millions. What is being alleged against the last regime is that in order to receive lucrative contracts from the Government, they had to part with these nefarious and unspeakable rewards even prior to the award of such contracts. The price of contracts went up due to these awards of rewards without any addition of value to the contract. And those rewards were not injected back into the nation’s economy; they went into either foreign banks or got lost in the realm of the unknown.

Consequently, the ultimate costs of product of these contracts were artificially inflated and those who are at the receiving end of the benefits of these projects could not afford the price of utilizing these benefits for inflation has eaten into their affordability. Corruption began the process of feeding on man’s inability to withstand the inflated costs, the eventual result being the creation of poverty.

The direct and indirect effects of this process are visible everywhere and the lengths and breadths that an ordinary man or woman has to travel to get a simple thing done, he or she has to mortgage their property, sell one of the meager assets, or if it’s a member of the fairer sex, even sacrifice her precious virginity. It is prevalent in every sector in our society. Trade, industries, education, infrastructure development, land alienation or wherever the government intervention is required, the exchange of a ‘santosam’ for getting a job done is practiced as if it’s part of the natural and original process.

Pundits and media personnel are paying great attention to this aspect our social dynamic but any deceleration of the process of corruption does not seem to be in the offing. What is even more disheartening is the total complacency and apathy shown by the parties that part with such gifts, santosams and crude rewards to those who are charged with dispensing justice and fair-play. From both ends, giving as well as receiving, the rotten process is eating into our social system. Corrupt practices have become a second nature to those who occupy high offices and departure from that accepted system is considered bordering on lunacy and inefficiency. Corruption has become equal to poverty and vice versa.

Leaders can make a change but total parting of ways seems impossible for corrupt politicians who desire rewards for favors as the sustenance of a robust democracy takes precedence over going after practitioners of corruption and other anti-social activities. In such a convoluted context, we are all faced with no choice. Containment instead of elimination of corruption has become our limited goal. Even containment of corruption could be construed as interference with the system that is already in play. The average man and woman are plagued with a dilemma after dilemma and in the interest of achieving their own limited resolutions, they will increasingly resort to cruel and wicked ways which will consume not only them as a whole but the very fabric of our society.

*The writer can be contacted on vishwamithra1984@gmail.com

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    Clearly understood Vishwamithra. This corruption was very rare in the 19th century in Sri Lanka but was prevalent elsewhere. Sri Lanka reserves were excellent in the early independence time and enjoying the privilege of high status compared to India, and all the east Asian countries. Later politics in Sri Lanka was the cause for the precipitating of the status. Politicians at the beginning of independence began betraying the Country as there was enough resources for them to play with. The politics soon turned into dirty politics betraying the Country to convert it only as a majoritarian rule. Politicians aspired internal division and majoritarian terrorism engulfed making enemies internally as well as externally. Later on having got hold of the grip on racism the bad politicians were consecutively retuned to power. All Administration and decisions are taken over by the dirty politicians and the Country is rolled down the precipice. The politicians and those who supported them made full opportunity to roll up as much as they can. This is the existing norm you are talking about and this is the way everything turned out to be. What is the concept of those Institutions and Countries that come forward to give Sri Lanka more and more and make them continue corrupting and going down? Is this not aiding and abetting?

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      Vishwa, your prose are turgid and long winded.. Get to the point dude and keep it short and sweet and take out the neo-Maxist jargon, please..

      Corruption is not peculiar to Lanka – check out the Panama Papers, it is legalized by the global financial institutions – IMF, World Bank etc?

      The global 1 percent rules, while 63 people own over half of the wealth of the world..

      Why not the Marxists petition UNHRC on this and the IMF’s legalization of corruption, INEQUALITY and Violence, in the global financial system?
      IMF’s Christine legard who wears a suit and plays footsie with the big BOYS like Corrupt Arjuna Mahendran should be hauled before the UNHRC for violating the Human Rights of the impoverished Greek People and all the other countries in financial crises, after borrowing from the IMF!

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        “Corruption is not peculiar to Lanka – check out the Panama Papers, it is legalized by the global financial institutions – IMF, World Bank etc?”
        Humbug, those institutions you mention are clearly non corrupt institutions and have even warned and pulled out from countries that are not in control of corruption. I can call you a bastard in this forum, but actually it is just my anger but not the truth.

        “The global 1 percent rules, while 63 people own over half of the wealth of the world..”
        When SL obtained independence 1948, it was termed pearl of the Indian Ocean. The country consisted of a high standard of living, economy, education, health and most important respect for each other amongst the citizenry. Governance was taken over by the Sinhalese and since then they simply abused the country left and right in whatever manner they could, until it reached the status to what it is now. We Sinhalese also used words like patriotism, sovereignty, heroism, external threats to divert attention to our own Now we love to blame every tom, dick and harry for what we ourselves are to blame and did to this country from 1948. We Sinhalese are punks to our own misery. If a loan is required from a bank, one needs to show proof of the ability to sustain and pay back the loan and also in turn agree to terms and conditions for the same.
        “Human Rights of the impoverished Greek People and all the other countries in financial crises”
        Greece is an example similar to SL where the politicians mollycoddled the population to get votes. The people are also to blame for their ignorance and songs and promises given by politicians. At each election in SL, the government servants obtain huge pay rise (while we know that this sector is one of the countries incompetent, lethargic, corrupt and bankrupt sectors). Who finally ends paying this money? Out of Politicians wealth? It is finally the public who pay for this which will be plundered from another taxation. The Politicians in Greece even went to the extent of making the retirement age 50 yrs (whereas other nations in Europe were increasing the age to 60 and 65 keeping to their financial obligations and quality of living standards) for full pension in the state sector, when they ran out of methods to provide free bees to an equally ignorant citizenry.
        So don’t blame others, we yakkos dug our own grave each and every time.

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          Hey Sparks, please read and educate yourself! :

          Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sacks who heads the Earth Institute on: May 12th, 2016 UK GUARIDAN “To end corruption, start with the US and UK. They allow it in broad daylight”

          http://jeffsachs.org/2016/05/to-end-corruption-start-with-the-us-and-uk-they-allow-it-in-broad-daylight/

          THomas Piketty and Sacks on Tax havens have no economic justification, say top economists:

          https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/09/tax-havens-have-no-economic-justification-say-top-economists

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            High quantities of heroin and opium are manufactured in Afghanistan. It is the same with Peru and Venezuela for Cocaine. The surrounding countries of these nations are known to abet the trade of such drugs. Their biggest market is USA, UK and Europe. Does USA, UK and Europe keep blaming those countries and doing write ups while their youth get completely sucked up in the drug menace or otherwise combat it internally and externally (but within the boundaries of legislated law) to protect their youth to a manageable level?
            The Wine Stores and friends up your street can make one an acute alcoholic, daily but controlled drinker, social drinker, occasional drinker or a non-alcoholic person. The choice is completely and independently within one’s own right and discipline. Will the Wine Store stop selling alcohol once they know a person is alcoholic? No, it is business as usual to them. More alcoholics, more business for the Store. Would you want a government that realizes that Alcoholism is on the rise decides to ban alcohol (factories, stores and consumption) completely even bringing about the death penalty if caught with the same? Or would you like a government that implements systems, awareness and educate the ill effects of alcohol to it citizens, thereby giving the liberty to the citizen to decide according to his conscience.
            Simply said, everything good and bad is available in the world, it is we who decide which path we need to take to arrive at what position we want to be.
            Similarly, countries providing tax havens for legal business purposes could be utilized as a haven by the corrupt of different countries through legal modalities, however those same corrupt persons are popular and leaders of those countries they have cheated and some even continue to be the hero’s amongst the citizens of that country.

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      Corruption handlings were perfected by Rajaakshes Regime. Their indifferences and not going against hard as the Germans or Singaporeans do, they just ignored it from the top on. That has now become part of the culture. Thanks to Rjaakshes and their supportive journalists – TODAY the aveerage have no sense to filter good from bad. They just take for granted when whatever being discussed on the high topics. Corruption regardless of the size should be taught to school going children- from the kindergarten on.
      How can a state be free from corruption, when high men of them defended their highly corrption men – telling ” hapoi, those men are the ones we have to work for getting our votes – this was what MR himself added at the time, Hambantogta /Tangalle killer/mass murderer/rapist was arrested for the charges levelled at him to tha ttime. Unless UK pressure was not there, nothing would have worked to put him in jail. That we should never forget.
      For me even if his term put the end to the civil war, not by only his talents, but collectivity – won that, him to be put on the altar and the local artists and fools licenced him to shape up the world for crime doers, just alone that is enough for me to send Mahinda Rajaakshe forever in jail.
      Today, even highly respected senior lawyers add their thoughts as if they have never studied the paragraphs – just beacsue, the culture introuduced by Rajaakshe rule – has allowed not to go through factul lines but to allow anyone to do anything in this country. In the south, my lovely ones have lost their own properties, since the notars had been bribed to manipulate the documents in favours of some men. Today, notars or the men even threaten us telling that was the prevailing laws …. can you imagine people…. when looking at all being in EU countries, i feel ours has been no second to illiterate pakistan

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      Yes indeed it has become part of the culture to this date.

      If gosspis about anyone is added to this forum, there we read over hundred comments, but topics like corurption and not having proper laws to control them are bieng out of their mindsets. Attacking President or PM or any other personalities for their choice has been their favourites. This nation is ruley by irresponsible journalists for their pay masters.

      I think the wild weeds are the proxy journos in the country, that stand on the way, as PM added it in the parliament, they are the paparazzos that destroy the nation.

      It is like driving on a highway with all hurdles. I dont attack currrent govt, looking at their slow move (bakala gaha gaha gaha yana widiya- move as a bandy legged person) because they have all kind of resistenace from all the high culprits being further backed by a larger number of paparazzo in favour of them.

      For good moves, we dont have Colombo telegraph or the like to function within the nation. Why? I dont know.

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      I believe the defiintions for corrupution should be made clear to everyone before being discussed about them.

      From little age on, lankens grow not in clean environments.

      Tell me any teacher or the like professional men and women are there in the country, if the chances are there to abuse their office work ? I ll bet you – they are even miles away from the corruption free thinkings.

      In Germany, if one would not want to join the line – regardless of the size- when going to buy daily needs, they would attack you verbally, not being learnt to behave the way indegenous people have long been used to – they make that a big issue. This has beenn a big issues these days with Syrian refugee enetering the country – but them being not polite enough to meet german standards.. even smoking where not permitted is a high crime for Germans…. when waiting for trains being on platforms, i get see those refugees roaming every whwere, among them asians are also seen.- for germans their refugee status are no excuses, those get in here should learn to behave respecting laws prevailing here.

      That is the same in S pore as I know. We dont need to take examples from Germany or EUrope, but can be taken from ASIAN countries like S pore and malaysia. if you just drop a peel of an apple while trying to have it – that can be a punishable act – 500 hundred s pore dollars.. eating chewing gums where not allowed is a puninshable act in singpore… – there they start…
      regardless of the size, people should be trained to work compliant to laws from the little age on, then only we can expect a law bound corruption (lower) society.

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        Corrections:

        Tell me any teacher or the like professional men and women are there in the country, if the chances are there not wanting to abuse their office work ? I ll bet you – they are even miles away from the corruption free thinkings. Corrupted thinking is entwined as a tree stem is infected by termites with few branches are still to be affected..

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      hey guys, please check this video – corruption -… they talk about buying new vehicle, this golden son of the nation – Ranjan sacrifices his life to reveal the truth…. WE want more Ranjans in this country. …

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl7T0dIYlWs

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        Ranjan has always guts as no other to fight against corruption. This particular Mahindananda, is litteraly a wrong person. He is almost like that Jonsten Fernando.. though said to have gone to Royal college but no such qualities at all. Born rascals- destroy the country as no other time. This is very sad.
        HOpe not murders will take the like of this valuable man -Ranjan. He is the fearless example in today s politics. He could stay silent, but it is no easy to keep him silent.
        May lanka be blessed with more Ranajans… all the best for you Ranjan from Switzerland.

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        Sama

        Thanks.

        Well where are the thousands of unregistered vehicles?

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      Vishwamithra1984

      Corruption Has Become The Norm.

      The price of Corruption and low IQ.

      Sri lanka Average IQ 79

      Japan Average IQ 106

      Singapore Average IQ 108
      [Edited out]

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      [Edited out]

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    Vishwa you are right!

    The people verses the GLOBAL 1 PERCENT – corrupt politicians, their business cronies and MONEY POLITICS – is the new global conflict trend, given inequality.

    Today 63 people own more than half the worlds wealth (OXFAM).

    Civil Society groups in Sri Lanka should set a world precedent and petition the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) to to end impunity of corrupt Govt. officials on the basis of Economic and Social Rights and Justice for ALL the people of Sri Lanka, Tamil, Singhala, Muslim etc.
    The IMPUNITY and IMMUNITY for financial crimes enjoyed by Nivard Cabraal and Mahendran under Mahinda Jarapassa, Ranil Wickramasinghe and Sira Ayahapalanay govt. must end and those named in the Panama Papers should be investigated and their assets brought back to pay off the national debt. The IMF has legalised corruption in the global financial system and is distracting us with useless loans rather than tracking down the looted billions from counties that are in crisis. Sri lanka is headed to be another Greece today because of Mahendran’s corruption and Ranil-Sira’ govt.s failure to fire him long ago.

    Moodys has just down graded Sri Lanka’s rating into negative and this is a sign of the economic and social crisis the country faces with more bond selling this week – as in Greece.

    FUTURE Accountability of CB governors and their political masters must be ensured and hence Mahendan and Nivard Cabraal must be PROSECUTED for financial crimes or UNHRC must intervene and try them too with INDEPENDENT FOREIGN JUDGES just as the war criminals in Lanka should be tried..

    Civil society should ask for the assets of Mahendran and Nivard Cabraall to be frozen and Perpetual Treasuries investigated and all the others named in Panama Papers. It is not enough to simply let Mahendran’s off as his contract has ended – and let him off to go and live the high life on his ill gotten gains in Singapore! A full investigation of Mahendran and Nivard Cabraal and their bond scams, insider trading and currency manipulations is necessary.

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    At the bottom of corruption is the commodification of every service and market system instigated by JRJs open economy. This system was further enhanced by aid and loans with IMF/WB advice. The spending of this loans go with no accountability on the part of the politicians.They are at liberty to siphon off a fair amount of the AID and expect the poor to sacrifices. This immoral system will continue until he politicians are made to account and AID is well monitored. This is where yahapalanaya has failed.

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      vas

      “They are at liberty to siphon off a fair amount of the AID and expect the poor to sacrifices.”

      And expect the masses to repay monies owed to Chinese while those who stole are still venerated by them.

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    reason for rural areas being poor is jvp. when the village businessman, rich farmer,
    were being killed in 1988-1992, because they opposed the communist idealogy. the next generation came to colombo or went abroad. the investors who create employment in the village were no more there. government cannot replace enterprenuership.
    Unless this can be reversed, more villages will be poor,

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      Tell us constructively, why the JVP is acoutable for the rural poverty ?

      Just adding a line would not help, please with reasons… then only the readers would andcould add their thoughts pro and contra.. I do think it is the culture introduced by Rajaakshes as some commentatators added…

      it was no long ago, Pradeiseeya Sabaa men were reported to be high criminals… but being backed by ruling regime…. that sharpened their hands as giving the licences to grab funds, but being away from doing the due they were assigened.. there had been no kind of inspections..

      In my days in the country, even schools were subjected to inspectons. That was the reason why they respected those laws. But when social scum have been appointed to do the job, almost everything turned to other way around and ended up with all deteriorated levels. That is what we face today.
      Senior lawyers or the like men that are professionally qualified, stay as if clay fed crocodiles, not looking at the injustices being part of the society. I think lawful authorities should be compelled to do the due as it is done in EU and other develop countries.. they should teach the folks to work being compliant to laws. If laws are no avaiable, just bring them.. not being lagged months long…
      that is the normal procedure in EU countries, they get passed laws almost every week if they are not avaialbe to for the moment… to get passed that Right for Information, they seem to take months long… is a joke to my eye.
      If the information contained in there can be passed by professionals to the manner going through standards, why not pass it ?

      Not even most lazy ones would move the pace the govt has been. I really dont know why.

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    I agree with the author that containment of corruption is important. However corruption in terms of misappropriation of funds or wealth is not the most important issue here. There are other types of corruption.

    If corruption in Sri Lanka were to disappear overnight, our problems will not disapppear. There are different polticial forces pulling in different directions. This is not corruption. There are some people who want the old regime back. There are those who want the new regime to continue regardless. This is democracy, unless you are willing to call the voters corrupt.

    What about waste of resources? Pollution? Income inequality? How can income inaquality be due to corruption since it is the function of the free market system to create wealth for a few, or can only create wealth for a few?

    Then there are religous and ethnic issues. These cannot be due to corruption?

    I believe we need strong leadership to deal with all the other problems we are facing. These leaders preferably keep their corruption down to the single digit percentages of the Western Civilizations, however I am willing to bet we can afford a little more corruption in exchange for economic benefits for all.

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    There is a linear relationship between corruption and Power. In Sri lanka corrupition is also associated with politics, particularly with two major political parties, UNP and SLFP. It is not a secret that you can buy a politician ( not only local but also international) paying billions. That is what Mahinda did throughout his politics. Even now if this government get rid of the ministerial posts of current ministers tonight, they will be in the ministerial posts with another government tomorrow morning.

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    Corruption is a curse a damn curse from the old ages.
    A superb example is Judas who sold Jesus his master for 30 silver pieces.
    There is nothing new about corruption it will go on and on and on until death catches up with the corrupt. When it does it will be too late to turn around and say ” how did it all go wrong.”
    So ! let the corrupt enjoy to the very end.

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    A decade of corruption was the worst in SL history and it will not be
    surpassed . MR is solely to take the blame as his attitude to it was
    the basic cause, commencing with Helping Hambantota.

    The Sunday Times of 23-5-16 had this to reveal:-

    “1. Probe into deposit of Ceylon Electricity Board funds in People’s Leasing Company. The leasing company had paid commissions accruing to CEB to a third party. Amount involved Rs. 642 million. Facts reported to High Court 2, 4 and 3 in Colombo. AG’s reference – 2015.4.2015 CR5/04/2015. Persons named Kithsen Sanjiva Bandaranayake, Wengappuli Arachchige Prasanna, Udanuwara Kingsley Chandana Gunawardena and Wellawatte Arachchige Duminda Chaturanga Silva.

    2. Receipt of five million rupees by Tharuniyata Hetak from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Facts reported to High Court HC8133/15/6. Reference issued by the AG’s Department 2015.08.28 CR5-26/2015. Persons named Nalaka Harshajeeva Godahewa, former head of Securities and Exchange Commission, Gajaweera Arachchilage Dhammika Mantira Perera, Deputy Director General and Mohamed Naufel Ibrahim Ronnie Ibrahim (Sports Director of Tharuniyata Hetak).

    3. Telecom Regulatory Commission funds amounting to Rs. 600 million being used illegally to provide Sil cloth to clergy. High Court 5 Case No SC80264201. AG’s Department reference 2015.04.27 CR5-06/15. Those named Lalith Chandrakumara Weeratunga and Vithana Pelpitakoralage Anusha Pelpita

    4. Printing of Litha (Almanac) with funds from the Divineguma Development Programme. Amount involved Rs. 204 million. Violation of election laws and the use of these funds illegally. HC 6 8122/15. AG’s Department reference 2015.04.21 CR/05/15. Names listed: R.A.A.K. Ranawaka and Basil Rohana Rajapaksa (former Economic Development Minister).

    Among the 38 investigations concluded but where no instructions have been received from the Attorney General’s Department to the FCID are:
    The leasing of 33 vehicles by People’s Leasing Limited to Cosmic Construction (Private) Ltd. The leasing company did not recover fees for eight to ten years and did not seize the vehicles either. Nor has the lessee paid the amounts. Facts reported to Magistrate’s Court, Fort. B472/15. AG’s Department reference 2015.05.20 CR5/08/2015.
    Person named Sajin Vass Gunawardena, Gamini Sedera Senarath, Kuttakanda Vidanalage Nihal Jayawardena and Navasiyam Vasantha Kumara.
    Two super luxury buses for use by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Worth Rs. 35.9 million (registration numbers WP NB 6767 and WP NB 6768) purchased from People’s Leasing Company. No lease payments were made. Facts reported to Magistrate’s Court, Colombo B 900/1. AG Department’s reference 2015.05.29 CR 5/15/2015. Persons named Shashindra Rajapaksa, Sajin de Vass Gunawardena and Brigadier Henaratnage Damitha Gomin Ranasinghe.
    Rs. 282 million had been obtained on lease from People’s Leasing Company to purchase 66 vehicles for the Presidential Secretariat above the then prevailing market price. Facts reported to High Court 2 B25403/2/15. AG’s Department reference 2015.07.06 CR5/25/2015. Persons named Amerasinghe Lekamge Don Gunarathne and Lalith Weeratunga.
    Then Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga allegedly sought Rs. 64 million as inducement and allegedly received Rs. 15 million. Threatening a person demanding the balance. Facts reported to Fort Magistrate’s Court B1713/15. AG’s Department reference 2015.11.19 CR5/42/ 2015. Persons named Prasanna Ranatunga, Maureen Stella Ranatunga, Naresh Kumar Fari and Christina Shivanthi.
    Fraud in the conversion to digital system of television and communications equipment from Japan amounting to US dollars 130 million under Japanese aid. The equipment is said to be worth only five million dollars. AG’s Department reference 2015.10.19 CR5-36/15. Persons named Lalith Weeratunga, Keheliya Rambukwella and Anusha Pelpita.
    Misuse of Government funds amounting to Rs. 48 million. AG’s Department reference 2015.11.07 CR5-39/15. Names listed: Raja Edirisuriya, former Chairman, State Engineering Corporation and Shiranthi Wickremesinghe Rajapaksa.
    Violation of court instruction in re-vesting in the Government the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation – AG’s Department reference 2015.12.17 CR5/43/15. Name listed P.B. Jayasundera
    Printing of diaries and calendars for 2015 with Government funds exceeding Rs. 14 million. AG’s Department reference 2015.12.16 CR05/44/15. Names listed then Minister Wimal Weerawana and his then Ministry Secretary C.H. Wimalasiri Perera.
    Funds of the Divineguma Development Fund amounting to Rs. 1.7 billion had been obtained without Treasury approval to pay compensation and gratuity to workers retiring. Facts reported to the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court 9557/15. AG’s Department reference 2015.04.07 CR5/01/15. Names listed Basil Rohana Rajapaksa, R.A.A. Ranawaka, Yaddehige Nihal Jayatilleke and Ratnayake Palliyage Bandula Tilakasiri.
    Payment of legal fees amounting to Rs. 5 million from the Kotte Muncipal Council funds for a private case involving Mayor Janaka Ranawaka. Facts reported to Magistrate’s Court B/325/25/15. AG’s Department reference CR5/29/16”

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    Whether you like it or not corruption started it’s growth in late seventies and it has been snowballing since then.

    This doesn’t mean that there were no reports of corruption before that.

    We have the stupid habit of charging each other but almost all; especially who’s been active in politics since then are responsible for it’s multiplication.

    We can’t do a miracle but attempting to reverse the growth of it; the undoing of the complicated fabric of corruption we’ve been weaving must be taken as a challenge.

    There’s a popular argument that the uneducated should be discouraged doing politics but ironically the behavior of the educated is also questionable.

    Education’s economic value has lost as it’s freely available so mobility is towards money; money with or without education, that’s what maid ask from the guy.

    Free education hasn’t made good citizens.

    Why don’t we give legal label for the commission paid to politicians; other decision makers, especially of the third world countries as bribes?

    That idea is right, even the IMF is corrupt.

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